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Three Types of AI: Let’s Find Out

  • Post published:December 10, 2020

You have acquainted yourself with the term Artificial Intelligence, but are you aware of the most prominent types of Artificial Intelligence?

If you study or look around you, you can see how faster Artificial Intelligence trends are picking up the hype. Let’s recall some of the implementations of artificial intelligence, we are starting with the basic ones.

“Artificial intelligence will reach human levels by around 2029. Follow that out further to, say, 2045, we will have multiplied the intelligence, the human biological machine intelligence of our civilization a billion-fold.”

– Ray Kurzweil, American inventor, and futurist.

You know about Siri, Alexa, and other digital assistants that are helping you to perform daily tasks. If you have to search for a new home, you ask Siri. If you want to do grocery shopping, you ask Alexa to sort out the list for you.

Self-driving cars are performing a variety of functions such as doing shipment, exporting orders, and being used for emergency transportation. Social media like Twitter using AI algorithms to find out racist content. You have Facebook as an example where the platform allows more than 2 billion people to upload their pictures, share statuses using AI, and Instagram using big data to fight to cyberbully and delete offensive comments.

AI has reformed communication as well. You can now autocomplete the entire email, there is a predictive text as a feature in Gmail called ‘smart compose.’ You can respond using phrases like “Yes, I’m working on it’ type. We have scratched only a few examples of Artificial Intelligence but you will notice its impact on a grand scale in the near future.

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Three Types of AI

Artificial Intelligence mimics human characteristics, machines are learning what human beings do. This field of science studies the human brain; it’s learning how humans work, decide, and solve problems.

All artificial intelligence characteristics whether hypothetical or real comes under the three AI-based abilities:

  1. Artificial Narrow Intelligence
  2. Artificial General Intelligence
  3. Artificial Super Intelligence

1- Artificial Narrow Intelligence

Among all types of Artificial Intelligence, this particular one is known by two names, ANI and ‘weak AI’. So, if you ever read about ANI or Weak AI on the internet, do not confuse yourselves as they have the same meaning.

Just to inform you, we are using ‘ANI’ in our discussion to address this type.

ANI is programmed to execute a single task; it cannot perform more than one unless it is informed to do so. A specific data-set helps ANI to pull out the information being asked — whether it is to write a press-release, analyze raw data, or simply figure out the weekly weather condition.

ANI has nothing to do with sentiments, neither it is conscious, nor it understands emotions. For example, Google Assistant, and other NLP tools are ANI based.

You must be wondering why are they ANI based? You talk to Siri, right? Alexa interacts with you, isn’t it?

This confusion is normal, but they are weak because both Alexa and Siri are nowhere close to having intelligence like you. They do not auto-train, don’t have genuine intelligence like other bots, and can’t even speak words on their own because they are pre-programmed to do so.

2- Artificial General Intelligence

GNI or ‘strong AI’ is amongst the types of Artificial Intelligence that can achieve any task a human being can accomplish.

Artificial General Intelligence

This is the type of Artificial Intelligence we have seen in sci-fi movies or series, for example, Gideon was an interactive artificial consciousness (A.I.) in the famous series called “The Flash.” She was hidden in the Time Vault used by Eobard Thawne inside S.T.A.R. Labs. She could interact with Eobard Thawne, was emotionally responsive, and had self-awareness.

AGI is clever, has understanding, and act in a way that is the duplication of humans in any given situation. It is anticipated to be able to reason, solve complex problems, make judgments on behalf of humans, to do the planning, and learn based on the knowledge being given.

3- Artificial Super Intelligence

It is assumed that a time will come when Artificial Intelligence will outdo human intelligence.

“Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.” – Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is the only amongst all types of Artificial Intelligence that people are frightened about. Hawking and Elon Musk are the most prominent among those few, who have already warned us multiples times about the hazards of ASI.

Stephen Hawking said, “the emergence of AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization.”

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Many say that this era of AI is overwhelming.

Thanks to the sci-fi movies, books, and series about AI, each one of you has created a fantasy of a futuristic AI world where robots will be flying in the air, walking freely on the roads, people traveling from one planet to another, etc.

As you know that the world is evolving, what have you done to adapt in a world driven by AI?

Why don’t you offer cutting-edge AI solutions and services to your customers? You must start living in the future and Artificial Intelligence is all about innovation and giving effective solutions.

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